Travis Head surpasses Joe Root in latest ICC Rankings; Rohit only Indian in top 10
Head scored a crucial 92 against South Africa [Associated Press]
Travis Head has been in sensational form in red-ball cricket. The southpaw scored his 5th Test century against West Indies in the recently concluded series, and continued the rich vein of form against the Proteas on a green track at Gabba.
On a pitch where run scoring was difficult, Head produced a batting masterclass and slammed a quick-fire 92 off 96 balls in the first innings. As a result, he jumped into the top five Test batters for the first time, surpassing Joe Root at number 4.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam also witnessed a career-best ranking in Test cricket. He swapped places with Steve Smith and rose one place to the second spot, with 875 rating points, on the back of fifties in the third Test against England.
Marnus Labuschagne continues to reign supreme and sits on top of the ranking table with 936 points. Rohit Sharma is the only Indian player in the top 10. He sits at the 9th position, with 739 points.
In the rankings for Test bowlers, Kagiso Rabada made considerable gains, climbing four places to number 3, courtesy of a stellar bowling performance against Australia at the Gabba. He picked up 4-wicket hauls in each innings of the first Test.
In the notable change in all-rounders' rankings, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan jumped a place above Ben Stokes at number three. Shakib played a wonderful counter-attacking knock in the second innings and that helped him jump in the rankings.
Despite being out with an injury, India's Ravindra Jadeja continues to maintain his position at the top of the charts, with 376 rating points.